The Paraclete/Holy Spirit/Comforter/Advocate/
Third Person of the Blessed Trinity


Descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles on Pentecost - by TIZIANO Vecellio - from Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

 

Paraclete (Latin <Consolator>; Greek <Parakletos>), an Appellation of the Holy Ghost. Variously translated "Advocate", "Intercessor", "Teacher", "Helper", "Comforter". According to St John, the Mission of the Paraclete is to Abide with the Disciples after Jesus has withdrawn His Visible-Presence from them; to Inwardly Bring-home to them the Teaching Externally given by Christ and thus to Stand as a Witness to the Doctrine and Work of the Savior. There is no reason for limiting to the Apostles themselves the Comforting Influence of the Paraclete. The Paraclete Comforts the Church by Guaranteeing her Inerrancy and Fostering Her Sanctity. He Comforts each Individual Soul in many ways. Every Salutary Condition, Power, and Action, in fact the Whole Range of our Salvation, comes within the Comforter's Mission. Its Extraordinary Effects are styled Gifts, Fruits, Beatitudes. Its Ordinary Working is Sanctification with all it entails, Habitual Grace, Infused Virtues, Adoption, and the Right to the Celestial Inheritance. "The Charity of God", says St Paul, "is Poured-forth in our Hearts by the Holy Ghost Who is given to us". In that Passage the Paraclete is both the Giver and the Gift: the Giver of Grace (<Donum Creatum>) and the Gift of the Father and the Son (<Donum Increatum>). St Paul teaches repeatedly that:

the Holy Ghost dwells in us.

from the Catholic Encyclopedia

 

Supernatural Order
( If you are in the State of Sanctifying Grace,
the Holy Ghost dwells 'in-you'
in a very Special and Personal way.
)

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Natural
Order

Supernatural
Order

Natural
Body
(Subordinate-Partner)

Natural
Soul
(Dominant Partner)

Supernatural Grace/
Infused Virtues
and Gifts of the
Holy Ghost

The Supernatural Order is the Ensemble of Effects exceeding the Powers of the Created Universe, and Gratuitously produced directly by God for the purpose of Raising the Rational Creature above its Natural Sphere to a God-like Life and Destiny.

 

 

Index to Pages
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The Paraclete/Holy Spirit/Comforter/Advocate
Third Person of the Blessed Trinity

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As when the Holy Ghost came on Pentecost upon the Apostles there was heard a Rush of Air before the Tongues of Fire were seen, so when we hear this name of Paraclete, our Ears and Minds are filled with a Confused Murmuring of some Mystery which we know to have to do with the Holy Ghost.

For God the Holy Ghost is the Paraclete, but what is a Paraclete? Often It is translated Comforter, but a Paraclete does more than Comfort. The word is Greek, meaning Advocate, Intercessor, Teacher, Helper, Comforter. There is no One (1) English word for It and no One (1) Latin word; Comforter is not enough.

The Paraclete Comforts the Church by Guaranteeing Her Inerrancy and Fostering Her Sanctity. He Comforts each Individual Soul in many ways. A Paraclete is one who Comforts, who Cheers, who Encourages, who Persuades, who Exhorts, who Stirs-Up, who Urges-Forward, who Calls-On. What the Spur and Word-of-Command is to a Horse, what Clapping of Hands is to a Speaker, what a Trumpet is to the Soldier, that a Paraclete is to the Soul: One Who calls us on. That is what It means: a Paraclete is One Who Calls-us-on to do Good.

Saint Augustine says of the Holy Spirit: "In no other Subject (i.e. the Holy Spirit) is the Danger of Erring so Great, or the Progress so Difficult, or the Fruit of a Careful Study so Worthwhile".

Only God can speak about Himself, and only the Holy Spirit, Who is Love, can Communicate this Knowledge to us.

 

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

(by Father Nicholas Cirillo)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Prayers and Novena to the Holy Spirit

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Novena to the Holy Spirit and Affections

(by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Litany to the Holy Spirit

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Basic Beliefs on the Holy Spirit

(from the New Catholic Catechism)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Unforgiveable Sin - Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit

(by Pope John Paul II)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) What is Unforgivable Sin?

(by Father William G. Most)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Papal Encyclicals on the Holy Spirit

(by Pope Leo XIII, Pope Pius XII, and Pope John Paul II)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Faith is the Work of the Holy Spirit

(by Pope John Paul II)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

(by Father William G. Most)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Holy Spirit as Power

(by Father John A. Hardon, S.J.)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Holy Spirit Sends Us to Proclaim the Gospel

(by Pope John Paul II)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Holy Spirit, River of Grace

(by Saint Ambrose of Milan)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit)

(by Pope John Paul II)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The "Filioque" Wording Of The Nicene Creed

(by Father William Saunders)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Thoughts on the Holy Spirit

(by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Catechism of St Thomas on the Holy Spirit

 (by Saint Thomas Aquinas)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Catechism of Trent on the Holy Spirit

(Commissioned by the Council of Trent and Written under the Supervision of
Saint Charles Borromeo).

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Catechism of Pius X on the Holy Spirit

(by Pope Saint Pius X)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Mary Prays for Outpouring of the Spirit

(by Pope John Paul II)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Baltimore Catechism on the Holy Spirit

(Lesson IX of the Baltimore Catechism)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) I am His Temple

(by Mother Angelica)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Infused Virtues and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Reflections on the Paraclete

(by Pope John Paul II)

 

The Holy Spirit Infuses the Soul with Graces during Baptism and Confirmation
Baptism
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Infuses
7 Virtues
Faith Hope Charity Prudence Fortitude Justice Temperance
Confirmation
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Infuses
7 Gifts
Understanding
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Knowledge
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Wisdom
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Counsel
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Fortitude
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Piety
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Fear of the Lord
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Warrior_of_God.gif (45705 bytes) The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit received in Confirmation, Perfect the 7 Supernatural Virtues received in Baptism, by enabling us to practice them with greater Docility to Divine Inspiration. As we grow in the Knowledge and Love of God under the direction of the Holy Ghost, our service becomes more Sincere and Generous, the Practice of Virtue more Perfect. Such Acts of Virtue leave the Heart filled with Joy and Consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the Practice of Virtue more Attractive and become a Powerful Incentive for still greater efforts in the Service of God. The End Result is a Well-Armored member of the Church Militant, a Soldier of Christ . . . . . .

by Father Nicholas Cirillo

 

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A Ten (10) minute Homily by Father Leo Clifford
on the Holy Spirit

 


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Audo Clips on 'The Comforter'

 

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A series of Thirteen (13) Audio Clips by Father Andrew Apostoli of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Father Apostoli focuses on Spiritual Joy and our need for that Gift which the Holy Spirit gives us.

 

 

 

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Prayerful Reflections

The Paraclete, The Life of all Things

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) I adore Thee, my Lord and God, the Eternal Paraclete, co-equal with the Father and Son. I adore Thee as the Life of all that live. Through Thee the whole material Universe hangs together and consists, remains in its place, and moves internally in the Order and Reciprocity of its several parts. Through Thee the Earth was brought into its present state, and was matured through its Six Days to be a habitation for man. Through Thee, all Trees, Herbs, Fruits, thrive and are perfected. Through Thee, Spring comes after Winter and renews all things. That wonderful and beautiful, that irresistible burst into life again, in spite of all obstacles, that awful Triumph of Nature, is but Thy Glorious Presence. Through Thee the many tribes of brute animals live day by day, drawing in their breath from Thee. Thou art the Life of the Whole Creation, O Eternal Paraclete—and if of this animal and material framework, how much more of the World of Spirits! Through Thee, Almighty Lord, the Angels and Saints sing Thee praises in Heaven. Through Thee our own dead Souls are quickened to serve Thee. From Thee is every good thought and desire, every good purpose, every good effort, every good success. It is by Thee that sinners are turned into Saints. It is by Thee the Church is refreshed and strengthened, and Champions start forth, and Martyrs are carried on to their Crown. Through Thee new Religious Orders, new Devotions in the Church come into being; new Countries are added to the Faith, new Manifestations and Illustrations are given of the ancient Apostolic Creed. I praise and adore Thee, my Sovereign Lord God, the Holy Ghost.

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vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) I adore Thee, O dread Lord, for what Thou hast done for my Soul. I acknowledge and feel, not only as a matter of Faith but of experience, that I cannot have one Good Thought or do one Good Act without Thee. I know, that if I attempt anything good in my own strength, I shall to a certainty Fail. I have bitter experience of this. My God, I am only Safe when Thou dost Breathe upon me. If Thou withdraw Thy Breath, forthwith my Three Mortal Enemies rush on me and overcome me. I am as weak as water, I am utterly Impotent without Thee. The minute Thou dost cease to act in me, I begin to Languish, to Gasp, and to Faint Away. Of my Good Desires, whatever they may be, of my Good Aims, Aspirations, Attempts, Successes, Habits, Practices, Thou art the sole cause and present continual source. I have nothing but what I have received, and I protest now in Thy Presence, O Sovereign Paraclete, that I have nothing to glory in, and everything to be humbled at.

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vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) O my dear Lord, how merciful Thou hast been to me. When I was young, Thou didst put into my Heart a special Devotion to Thee. Thou hast taken me in my youth, and in my age Thou wilt not forsake me. Not for my merit, but from Thy free and bountiful Love Thou didst put Good Resolutions into me when I was young, and didst turn me to Thee. Thou wilt never forsake me. I do earnestly trust so—never certainly without fearful provocation on my part. Yet I Trust and Pray, that Thou wilt keep me from that provocation. O keep me from the provocation of Lukewarmness and Sloth. O my dear Lord, lead me forward from strength to strength, gently, sweetly, tenderly, lovingly, powerfully, effectually, remembering my fretfulness and feebleness, till Thou bringest me into Thy Heaven.

 

The Paraclete, The Life of the Church

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) I adore Thee, O my Lord, the Third Person of the All-Blessed Trinity, that Thou hast set up in this World of Sin, a Great Light upon a hill. Thou hast founded the Church, Thou hast established and maintained it. Thou fillest it continually with Thy Gifts, that men may see, and Draw Near, and Take, and Live. Thou hast in this way brought down Heaven upon Earth. For Thou hast set up a great company which Angels visit by that ladder which the Patriarch saw in vision. Thou hast by Thy Presence restored the Communion between God above and man below. Thou hast given him that Light of Grace which is one with and the commencement of the Light of Glory. I adore and praise Thee for Thy Infinite Mercy towards us, O my Lord and God.

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vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) I adore Thee, O Almighty Lord, the Paraclete, because Thou in Thy Infinite Compassion hast brought me into this Church, the work of Thy Supernatural Power. I had no claim on Thee for so wonderful a favor over any one else in the whole world. There were many men far better than I by nature, gifted with more pleasing natural gifts, and less stained with sin. Yet Thou, in Thy Inscrutable Love for me, hast chosen me and brought me into Thy Fold. Thou hast a reason for everything Thou dost. I know there must have been an all-wise reason, as we speak in human language, for Thy choosing me and not another — but I know that that reason was something external to myself. I did nothing towards it — I did everything against it. I did everything to thwart Thy Purpose. And thus I owe all to Thy Grace. I should have lived and died in Darkness and Sin; I should have become worse and worse the longer I lived; I should have got more to hate and abjure Thee, O Source of my Bliss; I should have got yearly more fit for Hell, and at length I should have gone there, but for Thy Incomprehensible Love to me. O my God, that Overpowering Love took me captive. Was any boyhood so impious as some years of mine! Did I not in fact dare Thee to do Thy worst? Ah, how I struggled to get free from Thee; but Thou art stronger than I and hast prevailed. I have not a word to say, but to bow down in awe before the depths of Thy Love.

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vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) And then, in course of time, slowly but infallibly did Thy Grace bring me on into Thy Church. Now then give me this further Grace, Lord, to use all this Grace well, and to turn it to my Salvation. Teach me, make me to come to the Fountains of Mercy continually with an Awakened, Eager Mind, and with Lively Devotion. Give me a love of Thy Sacraments and Ordinances. Teach me to value as I ought, to prize as the Inestimable Pearl, that Pardon which again and again Thou givest me, and the Great and Heavenly Gift of the Presence of Him Whose Spirit Thou art, upon the Altar. Without Thee I can do nothing, and Thou art there where Thy Church is and Thy Sacraments. Give me Grace to rest in them for ever, till they are lost in the Glory of Thy Manifestation in the world to come.

 

The Paraclete, The Life of My Soul

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) My God, I adore Thee for taking on Thee the charge of sinners; of those, who not only cannot profit Thee, but who continually Grieve and Profane Thee. Thou hast taken on Thyself the Office of a Minister, and that for those who did not ask for it. I adore Thee for Thy Incomprehensible Condescension in ministering to me. I know and feel, O my God, that Thou mightest have left me, as I wished to be left, to go my own way, to go straight forward in my willfulness and self-trust to Hell. Thou mightest have left me in that enmity to Thee which is in itself Death. I should at length have died the second death, and should have had no one to blame for it but myself. But Thou, O Eternal Father, hast been kinder to me than I am to myself. Thou hast given me, Thou hast poured out upon me Thy Grace, and thus I live.

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vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) My God, I adore Thee, O Eternal Paraclete, the Light and the Life of my Soul. Thou mightest have been content with merely giving me Good Suggestions, Inspiring Grace and helping from without. Thou mightest thus have led me on, cleansing me with Thy Inward Virtue, when I changed my state from this world to the next. But in Thine Infinite Compassion Thou hast from the first entered into my Soul, and taken possession of it. Thou hast made it Thy Temple. Thou dwellest in me by Thy Grace in an Ineffable Way, uniting me to Thyself and the whole company of Angels and Saints. Nay, as some have held, Thou art present in me, not only by Thy Grace, but by Thy Eternal Substance, as if, though I did not lose my own individuality, yet in some sense I was even here absorbed in God. Nay — as though Thou hadst taken possession of my very body, this earthly, fleshly, wretched tabernacle — even my body is Thy Temple. O astonishing, awful truth! I believe it, I know it, O my God!

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vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) O my God, can I sin when Thou art so intimately with me? Can I forget Who is with me, Who is in me? Can I expel a Divine Inhabitant by that which He abhors more than anything else, which is the one thing in the world which is offensive to Him, the only thing which is not His? Would not this be a kind of sin against the Holy Ghost? My God, I have a double security against sinning; first the dread of such a profanation of all Thou art to me in Thy very Presence; and next because I do trust that that Presence will preserve me from sin. My God, Thou wilt go from me, if I sin; and I shall be left to my own miserable self. God forbid! I will use what Thou hast given me; I will call on Thee when tried and tempted. I will guard against the sloth and carelessness into which I am continually falling. Through Thee I will never forsake Thee.

 

The Paraclete, The Fount of Love

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) My God, I adore Thee, as the Third Person of the Ever-Blessed Trinity, under the Name and Designation of Love. Thou art that Living Love, wherewith the Father and the Son love each other. And Thou art the Author of Supernatural Love in our Hearts — “Fans vivus, ignis, charitas”. As a fire Thou didst come down from Heaven on the Day of Pentecost; and as a Fire Thou burnest away the dross of sin and vanity in the Heart and dost Light Up the Pure Flame of Devotion and Affection. It is Thou Who unitest Heaven and Earth by showing to us the Glory and Beauty of the Divine Nature, and making us love what is in Itself so winning and transporting. I adore Thee, O Consuming and Everlasting Fire, by which our Souls Live, by which alone they are made fit for Heaven.

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vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) My God, the Paraclete, I acknowledge Thee as the Giver of that Great Gift, by which alone we are Saved, Supernatural Love. Man is by nature blind and hardhearted in all spiritual matters; how is he to reach Heaven? It is by the flame of Thy Grace, which consumes him in order to new-make him, and so to fit him to enjoy what without Thee he would have no taste for. It is Thou, O Almighty Paraclete, Who hast been and art the Strength, the Vigor and Endurance, of the Martyr in the midst of his Torments. Thou art the stay of the Confessor in his long, tedious, and humiliating toils. Thou art the fire, by which the Preacher wins Souls, without thought of himself, in his Missionary Labors. By Thee we wake up from the death of sin, to exchange the idolatry of the creature for the Pure Love of the Creator. By Thee we make Acts of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Contrition. By Thee we live in the atmosphere of Earth, Proof against its infection. By Thee we are able to Consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Ministry, and fulfill our awful engagements to it. By the Fire which Thou didst kindle within us, we Pray, and Meditate, and do Penance. As well could our bodies live, if the sun were extinguished, as our Souls, if Thou art away.

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vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) My most Holy Lord and Sanctifier, whatever there is of Good in me is Thine. Without Thee, I should but get worse and worse as years went on, and should tend to be a Devil. If I differ at all from the World, it is because Thou hast chosen me out of the World, and hast Lit Up the Love of God in my Heart. If I differ from Thy Saints, it is because I do not ask earnestly enough for Thy Grace, and for enough of it, and because I do not diligently improve what Thou hast given me. Increase in me this Grace of Love, in spite of all my unworthiness. It is more precious than anything else in the world. I accept it in place of all the World can give me. O give it to me! It is my Life.

Amen